Downtown Skowhegan in summer. Credit: Erin Rhoda / BDN

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Skowhegan restaurant co-owner who resigned Tuesday after a Facebook video appeared to show him taking an inappropriate photo of a teenager was charged with violation of privacy.

Eric Dore, 43, met with a lead investigating officer and his attorney at the Skowhegan Police Department Tuesday afternoon, where he was charged with the Class D crime, a misdemeanor, Chief David Bucknam said Wednesday.

Dore, co-owner of Old Mill Pub, was recorded as he positioned his cellphone below a young woman’s skirt while she stood behind a vehicle and filled out paperwork. The victim is 19 years old, Bucknam said.

Katie Perry of Madison posted the video to Facebook on Sunday morning, writing that she was sent the video by someone familiar with the situation. The incident unfolded at Mark’s Southern Autos in Skowhegan, according to Perry’s post.

The video had gotten more than 117,400 views and was shared more than 1,700 times on Facebook as of Wednesday evening. Many of those who commented on the post expressed outrage and disgust.

Dore was not at work at the time of the incident, Bucknam said.

After the video was posted, Dore’s personal Facebook and the Old Mill Pub page appeared to be deactivated. The restaurant later reactivated its page and shared that it had accepted Dore’s resignation.

“Please understand that the dedicated staff that rely on us to support their families will strive to provide the same level of service, quality food and community support as we always have,” the restaurant said Tuesday. “We will plan to resume regular operations today and ask for your understanding, and most of all, maintain peace for all those not involved.”

Benjamin Dore, Eric Dore’s brother and another co-owner of the restaurant, told the Morning Sentinel that the video was “absolutely a shock” to his family. Owners of the restaurant agreed to remove Eric Dore as co-owner but the process will take some time, he said. Eric Dore’s wife will remain a co-owner, according to the Morning Sentinel.

Dore is scheduled to make his first court appearance Oct. 12.